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LGBTQIA Scholarship Roundup for April 12, 2017

By Emilia Marcyk

Current scholarship and academic news addressing LGBTQIA identities and concerns, of interest to librarians, educators, and information professionals.


Byron, Reginald A., et al. “Performativity Double Standards and the Sexual Orientation Climate at a Southern Liberal Arts University.” Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 64, iss. 5, 2017, pp. 671-96. URL:

Examining the perceptions of heterosexual, bisexual and gay students at a Christian-affiliated university, the authors found that straight students have a more positive impression of the climate of acceptance than do bisexual and gay students. Discusses factors that might contribute to discomfort and microaggressions.

Dessel, Adrienne B., et al. “The Importance of Teacher Support: Differential Impacts by Gender and Sexuality.” Journal of Adolescence, vol. 56, April 2017, pp.136-44. URL:

This study links the kinds of behavior modeled by teachers (using inclusive language, for example) to greater self-esteem among LGBTQ high school students.

Kuecker, Elliott. “Recruiting and Retaining Lgbtq-Identified Staff in Academic Libraries through Ordinary Methods.” In the Library with the Lead Pipe, 2017, n.p. URL:

Offers practical suggestions for recruiting and retaining LGBTQ identified library professionals, including issues of workplace happiness, support and interpersonal communication. Also includes a critique of current library literature around issues of “feminization” of library professions.

Mackenzie, Lars Z. “The Afterlife of Data: Identity, Surveillance, and Capitalism in Trans Credit Reporting.” Transgender Studies Quarterly, vol. 4, iss. 1, 2017, pp. 45-60. URL:

The article is both an examination of what happens in the credit reporting process when a trans person changes names, and a critique of big data and neoliberal capitalism.

Shamsavari, Sina. “Gay Ghetto Comics and the Alternative Gay Comics of Robert Kirby.” Queer Studies in Media & Pop Culture, vol. 2, iss. 1, 2017, pp. 95- 117.  URL:

A discussion of the “gay ghetto” subgenre of comics, as well as comics written in response to those generic conventions. Focusing particularly on Robert Kirby and the work “Private Club.”

Call for Papers or Reviews

The journal Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture is looking for articles on all aspects of queerness in the media:

[The journal] aims to publish cutting-edge, peer-reviewed scholarship on noteworthy topics at the intersection of media/popular culture and queerness in gender/sexuality. Its contents are international in scope and represent a wide variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on perspectives and approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

The journal is also looking for media reviews:

Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture seeks reviews of recent books, films, television series, musical recordings, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and other media that make a queer contribution to media and popular culture and/or to academic scholarship on media and popular culture.

Information about both of these opportunities is available on the journal publisher’s website.


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